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Rosberg delighted at Mercedes progress

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg won the race by 20.6 seconds © Getty Images
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Nico Rosberg described his first grand prix victory in the Chinese Grand Prix as "an unbelievable feeling" but focused on the progress that Mercedes has made.

After 110 races without a win, Rosberg was extremely impressive as he led from pole to give Mercedes its first victory since 1955. With the team not having looked like challenging for wins prior to this season, Rosberg was eager to highlight the step forward in performance that has been made in 2012 that gave him the opportunity to triumph at Shanghai.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Rosberg said. "Very cool, very happy, very excited, and it's been a long time coming for me. And for the team also; the past two years and a bit and now it's finally there so it's just amazing. It's just really nice to see also how quickly we are now progressing. I didn't expect to be that fast today, I expected that we had a good chance to be in front but I'm very happy with the pace that I was able to go in the race."

Rosberg said that the key to managing the tyres more efficiently was simply a case of Mercedes perfecting its setup.

"Big thanks to the whole team because all the engineers especially in the last few weeks have been working very hard also, as everybody else has. It's just improving the setup because we really struggled in the first two races with the race pace and today it all came good which is great to see, again how quickly we've managed to progress it's just fantastic."